This was the first treat I made when I did a vegan challenge beginning of the year. I thought I needed to have a vegan “emergency treat” ready in the fridge when I feel like having something nice. I had seen this Black Bean Fudge recipe in a Finnish food journal and tested it. I was hooked and I have made it almost weekly ever since.
Yes, I have made this fudge almost every week and developed it into my own recipe. In the original version they use maple syrup as a sweetener, but because I love dates and their caramel-like sweetness I wanted to use them instead. At some point I came up with an idea of adding coffee to the fudge. I tested it and worked so well so coffee was there to stay. I have refined this recipe not to be too sweet – just perfectly chocolaty!
I can’t believe you can actually make something this nice with beans and only 5 ingredients! This fudge has a lovely smooth texture and is rich in flavour. The combination of flavours from dates, cacao and coffee is just exceptionally good. I use a stick mixer but if you have a powerful blender do use that and I am sure you will get even a smoother texture.
You may wonder why I make this so often? Well, to me this is a guilt-free treat – downright healthy in my opinion! I often grave for something nice and then it is better to have something healthy nice easily available. I love having few squares, and then few more, with my afternoon coffee. The only downside of this fudge is that the rest of the family also enjoys it and it doesn’t last very long in our house. The original recipe was half of this portion but I quickly noticed that it was pointless making such little, so I doubled the recipe.
So, this recipe is easy to half if you want to make a smaller portion. Just half all the ingredients. For this recipe I use a bread form (29 cm x 10 cm) and it makes a nice 2 cm thick fudge loaf. Store the fudge in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Black Bean Fudge (V, GF)
- 2 cans black beans (420 g)
- 100 ml cacao powder
- 100 ml melted coconut oil (natural flavour)
- 15 dates
- 25 ml boiling water
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- pinch of salt
- Rinse the beans well and let all the water drip.
- Prepare coffee by mixing boiling water and coffee granules. No need to let it cool down.
- Mix all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth, or use a stick mixer like I do.
- Spread the mixture into a bread form covered with baking parchment.
- Let it set and cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until you are able to cut it. We cut is as we go along and eat it.